It’s now been a week since Glenn Beck’s 8-28 gathering at the Lincoln Memorial. The hubbub, vitriol, disbelief, accusations, and sludge have been slung. I am amazed at the amount of attention this simple gathering has gained. The political pundits have weighed in; the talking heads have spoken. I’m an unbiased third party. I wasn’t there, and I only tuned in to post-event coverage on all the major and non-major networks. What came to mind was a pack of pit bulls tearing apart a helpless baby.
I’ve read blogs where people questioned Beck’s political aspirations. There have been noises about him profiting from the event; that Fox News provided funding. There have been posts about how this was a Tea Party gathering, and how racist all the attendees are. Let’s also not forget the blasts likening Beck’s event to a revival and that right-wing Christians are going to go off-the-cliff militant and take over the country.
What was not discussed was the impetus of the entire day. Beck called his rally “8-28: Restoring Honor.”
I view Glenn Beck as an interesting television personality, in the same light as Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann. They bring whatever interests them to the fore. These three are not politicians or journalists, but are mirrors of different facets of society. I don’t know Glenn Beck and I don’t have a clue regarding any hidden agenda he might have for holding the rally. He might have intentions of selling more books or garnering more listeners or viewers or he might just want to take over the world. Let’s take a leap of faith and flip the coin to the other side. Let’s say that he is sincere and he honestly wants to see America restore honor. What is so wrong about that?
I guess according to the entire world, there is much evil in it.
Should we take the word apart? The first three definitions of “honor” according to dictionary.com is this:
1. honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions: a man of honor.
2. a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one's family.
3. high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honor.
As a person who believes in a structure of ethics, I see nothing wrong with "honor" as a personality trait. In fact, I find it rather attractive. You see, I respect a lot of things, including integrity, hard work, and honesty. I’m no churchgoer, but I was raised Catholic. Even though it is politically incorrect and professionally suicidal to announce, I do believe in “God” or whatever you want to call the higher being. I’ve studied a few religions in my day, and most are set up so that the members strive to “good” behaviors and try to stay away from “bad.” The yin and yang of good versus evil is a common thread.